Crowley Maritime Corp. says it has added 16 additional ISO tanks in response to high demand for U.S-sourced liquified natural gas from customers in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America.
The 40-foot tanks, which can each hold approximately 10,700 gallons of LNG, were purchased by Crowley’s Carib Energy group and will be used to supply, transport and distribute LNG to its customers. The tanks feature technological improvements designed to increase offload rate, allowing for faster fuel transfers.
“Adding ISO tanks to our equipment fleet for our established business not only allows us to meet heightened customer demand, but also to continue delivering an uninterrupted supply of LNG to these regions,” explained Crowley Vice President Greg Buffington. “And the improved offloading performance reduces the amount of time required to transfer the fuel from tank to the storage unit, adding to overall efficiency. It is our pleasure to play a pivotal role in supplying a cost-effective, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly natural gas fuel to customers.”
In 2014, Crowley’s Carib Energy was granted a 20-year, small-scale U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) export license for the supply, transportation and distribution of LNG into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The licensing permits Crowley to export 14.6 billion cubic feet (BCF) 0.04bcf/d of LNG – roughly the equivalent of 480,000 gallons – per day via 10,700 gallon ISO tanks to these regions.
Also in 2014, Crowley announced the signing of a multi-year contract with Coca-Cola Bottlers of Puerto Rico to supply containerized, U.S.-sourced LNG to two of the manufacturer’s plants in Cayey and Cidra, Puerto Rico. A major pharmaceutical company also contracted with Crowley for its LNG and the company continues to discuss its LNG solution with several other potential industrial customers.
The transportation of LNG from U.S.-based liquefaction facilities to customers’ storage units is managed by Crowley’s domestic logistics team, which coordinates over-the-road transportation to the company’s Jacksonville or Port Everglades shipping terminals. Once at the terminal, the containers are loaded onto Crowley vessels and transported to customers’ locales. At the port of entry Crowley’s on-site logistics team delivers the LNG to customers’ facilities where it is re-gasified into pipeline natural gas for boiler consumption.